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Town and Port of Poole, 1580-1730

Author: Jenny Oliver In the late C16th the town of Pooleoccupied only the peninsular south of the present railway line. The first detailed street map, the Pythouse map of c. […]

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Population and Occupations, 1580-1730

  Author: Jenny Oliver  The population of Poole is known pretty accurately from a census of 1574 when 1373 people were recorded. The first national census was not taken until 1801 so […]

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Poole Governance, 1580-1730

Author: Peter Dawes Independence and early development Poole was created an independent County Borough (a “county corporate”) by the Charter 10 Elizabeth 23 June 1568.  Ten years earlier, during the […]

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Poole’s Economy, 1580-1730

Author:   Roger Allen       Preamble Tim Lambert in his paper ‘A BRIEF HISTORY OF POOLE’ slightly amends (for the sake of better understanding today) Leland’s words on Poole made in a visit […]

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The lives and some experiences of our leading men – Woodes Rogers

Governor Woodes Rogers Woodes Rogers was a boy in Poole until his teens, when his family moved to Bristol with their shipping and trading business. He went to Newfoundland as […]

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Poole Smugglers, 1580-1730

  Authors:   Cynthia Wall & Susan Jabbari Introduction Roger Guttridge’s book, ‘Dorset Smugglers’ has been used extensively in assembling this summary note. According to him the word “smuggle” probably dates […]

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Poole’s Governance then and maritime security

. Fishermen and traders alike cared very much about their safe passage free from risks from pirates and privateers. Life was hard enough without having to deal with the loss […]

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The Smuggler’s Curse

Copy of an original letter written by a smuggler to a Captain Bursack of the Revenue Cutter Speedwell and was found in Poole Custom House during renovations. The gentleman in […]

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The Pirate Code

Pirates are considered to be a brutal, lawless lot.  But on board ship, they live under a set of rules called ‘The Pirates Code’ or ‘Articles of Agreement’.  Each Captain […]

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Poole’s Coastal Shipping Trade, 1580-1730

Author: Don Nutt Overview and summary The coastal shipping business was a significant and growing activity across the period. But it is difficult to be precise since trade and responsibilities […]